Attention to disability in child protection policies across four liberal welfare regimes

Lisa M. Johnson, Susan Flynn, Cate Thomas, Elspeth Slayter

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Abstract

How child protection and welfare policies address the disability community is a matter of utmost importance and urgency in the context of well-established inequalities. We present a policy content analysis of national policy documents across the United States, Northern Ireland, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland through the theoretical frame of a welfare regimes typology. Key findings include the conflation of disability with vulnerability in all but one context. Also evident is a lack of overt definition of disability, and opportunities for developing specific jurisdictional guidance and regulations focussed on embedding best practices in supporting disabled clients at all system levels.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2024

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